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 RUSH FIRE DISTRICT NEWSLETTER  - DEC & JAN 2020

PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING: It was held October 15th. There was no questions or comments about the budget. The Commissioners then approved the $360,000 budget for 2020.  YOUR TAX RATE WILL BE $1.15 per $1,000.  

COMMISSIONERS ELECTION: The annual Rush Fire District Commissioners will be held on Tuesday, December 10th 2019 from 6 to 9 PM at the main Rush Fire Station. Present Commissioner Mike (Peewee) Terzo has submitted the proper paperwork to be on the ballot.

FIRE DISTRICT ANNUAL ORGANIZATION MEETING:  Will be held after January 1, 2020 It will be posted on the sign, reported in the Henrietta Post and on both the Fire District & Fire Department web sites.  

ANNUAL INSPECTION DINNER: It was held on November 9th at the Riverton Country Club. This dinner is authorized by state law for the active firefighters of the fire district to thank them for their service.  Mike (Pee wee) Terzo coordinated the affair.

COUNTY TRUNKING RADIO SYSTEM: This expensive project has been completed. All the base, apparatus and portable radios have been replaced with new Motorola equipment. We now have a dedicated channel for Rush incidents. This cost us over $270,000 which came out of our capitol reserve equipment fund. The county plan on turning this system on January 2020.

HYDRANT MARKERS: Its time to put those plastic hydrant markers back. They could save your life and property!

RUSH FIRE DEPARTMENT AND AMBULANCE SERVICE:

ACTIVITY: We have had a busy year. As of November 5thth we have had 415 calls. Members have attended many additional training classes above and beyond what is mandated and required by law and our SOGs.  This is to assist our residents and area fire departments when needed.

DEER ACCIDENT SEASON IS HERE: AAA recommends looking 20 SECONDS AHEAD  and never taking your eyes off the road for more than TWO seconds.  Slowing down in areas where the deer could be and plan for your escape route. Never look at what you dont want to hit!   

ANNUAL MEETING: A dinner meeting will be held the first Monday in December. The social officers and directors election will be held. All active and social members can attend.

ENGINE 9:  Our 72 Year old Federal/Buffalo had its engine and radiator rebuilt. Several of our members removed the items and had them sent out for repairs. This project cost us $9,100. The membership voted to pay for this with money from our Games of Chance saving account. This account is from our annual carnival games of chance. We wanted this unit in tip top shape for our 100th Anniversary which is in 2020.    

MONROE COUNTY FIRE BUREAU: Monroe County Fire Coordinator Steve Schalabba attended the Rush Fire Department October monthly meeting to present a retirement plaque to Past Chief Robert Faugh. Bob served as a Monroe County Fire Instructor since1982 (37 years). He was the longest serving fire instructor in county history. He also was a NYS Fire Instructor and NY State Police Academy Instructor for 15 years. He was also recognized by the Monroe Co. Manager for "significant contributions" to the County Fire and EMS Bureau for many years. He also served as Deputy Monroe County EMS Coordinator for 25 years. Bob is still an active firefighter (Fire Police Capt.) and also serves a Vice Chairman on the Rush Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners. He has been the fire department treasurer since 1972.

ANNUAL FUND DRIVE: The annual fund drive second request went out in October. We  realize the some give through the United Way but we have not been notified of all their names yet. We also understand that the economy is still not good for many of our residents and they have to watch every penny. This money goes for equipment, training and many other items to run the fire department. The fund drive money has purchased over 2 MILLION $$ worth of apparatus and equipment over the years. None of it is used for our few social events. We thank you in advance for your generous contributions.

LADIES PARTY: The Rush firefighters & explorers will put on the annual Christmas party for the Rush FD Ladies Auxiliary for all they do to assist the fire department and community.

FACEBOOK: The Rush Volunteer Fire Department has a facebook page. Fire prevention, safety and health hint will be posted along with other information about what is going on at the fire department, recent responses, fire district and ladies auxiliary information . Become a friend on our facebook page.

100th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR COINS: They are available on line at  https://rushfdcoin.org   (2 sides 1 diameter)

WEB SITES: Our web site is www.RushFD.org  On the left side of the home page is info on what we do and how to volunteer. The Rush Fire District web site is www.RushFireDistrict.org  The monthly Commissioners meeting minutes are posted there.